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WORK LIFE-TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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Gillian Barley, business development officer, East Riding of Yorkshire ...
Gillian Barley, business development officer, East Riding of Yorkshire

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?

The business development group in the operational services department is there to help drive through corporate and operational initiatives.

WHAT SORT OF PROJECT?

Last year I set up a leisure participation survey based on the Sport England national survey. Staff interviewed 2,500 customers about our leisure facilities, to assess our performance and plan accordingly.

WHAT MADE YOU GO INTO LOCAL GOVERNMENT?

I wanted to be a graphic designer but the careers officer said they weren't in much demand, so I joined a youth training scheme at Humberside CC from school.

HOW DID YOU FIND IT?

Very formal. It is more informal and customer-focused now, but more pressurised. I have really enjoyed my career.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE?

I have tended to work in new areas and on new initiatives. I've worked in equal opportunities and in training in social services at Humberside and joined East Riding of Yorkshire council's education research and information unit in 1996. I have a certificate in marketing and am studying for a certificate in management studies.

AND OUTSIDE WORK?

I'm married and we have two dogs. I was out in the fields walking them this morning.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE?

You can't be prescriptive in today's local government - you've got to be open to change.

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